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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

So many Ravens tidbits yesterday-my comments were spread out on the air on AM1570, on Twitter, etc. Let me consolidate them here.

Tony Fein’s death: Tony was one of the better guys to be around in Westminster during Training Camp. Sadly, he will be best remembered for an incident in the Inner Harbor (a source there that night called the incident “complete overreaction” on both parties) that probably would have been dismissed, which is unfortunate. Tony’s service to his country and his dedication to the game of football were really special. He was friends with fellow former Ole Miss Rebels Jason Cook and Michael Oher; I imagine Oher is hurting today.

Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs NOT fined: I think it is important to remember that the comments made by these players were more about the RULES themselves than about the actual calls made by Ron Winter’s crew Sunday in Foxborough. Had T-Sizzle said something like “Ron Winter is blind”, he definitely would have been fined. Instead, all players talked about how quarterbacks are overprotected. They’re probably right.

Brendon Ayanbadejo OFFICIALLY to IR, Prescott Burgess OFFICIALLY brought back: Least surprising move I’ve ever seen. Burgess will join Antwan Barnes and Dannell Ellerbe as guys who will be counted on to contribute on both special teams and defense. We all knew this was coming; now Prescott gets his chance to prove himself again.

Chad Ochocinco gets into Twitter fight with Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington: Chad Ochocinco is an entertainer. Dom and Fabe (is that a good name for a pop group?) just need to be football players. Everything said yesterday was in good fun; and I actually LOVE 85’s “Kiss Da Baby” line, and none if the back and forth will matter if the Ravens’ corners play well Sunday.

Matt Stover tries out with Giants: I really thought the Browns would have tried to get Matt to kick for a day when they came to town with Phil Dawson hurt 2 weeks ago. New York is a close enough commute that I believe Matt would consider doing it if he was offered. However, it looks like Lawrence Tynes will remain in New York.

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Thyrl Nelson says Belichick appeared ‘truly giddy’ to beat Ravens

Luke Jones says Fein was teammates with Oher, Jason Cook at Ole Miss

Glenn Clark remembers great Maryland-Wake Forest moment

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell to Flyers 6-5 in OT

Drew Forrester not taking Capitals’ loss well

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens officially brought back Prescott Burgess from Patriots’ practice squad

The Official Site says Ayanbadejo placed on IR to make room for Burgess

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says NFL chose not to fine Ray Lewis, Ed Reed for officiating comments

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh standing by Mark Clayton

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Pats zeroed in on Derrick Mason after early success Sunday

The Official Site says Chris Carr doesn’t think he could play NHL hockey

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says TE J.P. Foschi playing like ‘pro’ for Cincinnati

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says no details known in death of former Ravens LB hopeful Tony Fein

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ayanbadejo to have surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelley Washington excited to face former team Saturday

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Clayton ‘tough’ through adversity of late drop

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ochocinco, Dominique Foxworth, Fabian Washington fought on Twitter Tuesday

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Matt Stover tried out with Giants

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Burgess had been playing very well before being traded to NE

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dannell Ellerbe got off to ‘strong’ start for Ravens in first action against New England

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says VP of football operations Ray Anderson did not believe comments by 52, Reed warranted fines

The AP says Fein’s agent Milton Hobbs said player was working out in Port Orchard, WA in hopes of playing football again

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals hoping to have Tank Johnson, Roy Williams back for Sunday’s game

USA Today has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Sporting News says Baltimore 28th best sports city in country

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver has Ravens 7th in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens 4th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 8th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have stayed high on Dannell Ellerbe

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ayanbadejo will be a ‘significant loss’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens deserve to be ahead of Jets in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice hot, Mark Clayton not so much

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Wake Forest Official Site previews Demon Deacons’ game against Maryland Saturday

Wake Forest Official Site offers complete Deacs-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Fridge wouldn’t rule Campbell out for Saturday in Winston-Salem

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph doesn’t appear to be looking to Morgan Green for help at RB

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Pinegar working as starter with Bruce Campbell hurt

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says things finally clicking for Don Brown’s defense

The AP says Friedgen knows Terps can’t ‘relax’ after win over Clemson

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Nick Klemm or Pete deSouza could be forced into action with Bruce Campbell’s injury

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Demetrius Hartsfield nominated for AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Campbell likely to be game time decision against Wake

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says supporter Jack Heise passed away

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cam Chism has contributed earlier that he was expected to

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner bounced back from rough performance against Rutgers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tony Logan listed ahead of Anthony Wiseman on depth chart at punt returner

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz, Louis Berman, Nolan Carroll, Da’Rel Scott, Joe Vellano definitely OUT Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph prefers D.J. Adams, Caleb Porzel to Morgan Green

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jack Heise’s death came shortly after fellow supporter Bob Novak’s death

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin admitted Terps need to go with younger backs because Morgan Green just hasn’t shown enough

Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says RB Kevin Harris, TE’s Cameron Ford, Ben Wooster not expected to play Saturday against Terps

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde offers Clemson ‘apology’ for loss to Maryland

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps better to have Jordan Williams issue resolved before Maryland Madness

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo believes Teich doubtful for Saturday against Rice

Annapolis Capital’s Gerry Jackson says Navy football fans don’t have much to complain about with Niumatalolo’s Midshipmen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Joe Buckley getting special treatment in Annapolis after big kick

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Vince Murray to start at Fullback for Mids against Rice

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says MASN, CBS College Sports will carry 5 Midshipmen games this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Mid David Robinson named to CAA’s 25th anniversary team

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Wieters brought ‘poise, persistence’ to O’s in rookie campaign

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t see Juan Samuel leaving club

USA Today has Birds 28th in final power rankings

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 28th in final power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Pedro Florimon top SS in organization

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg and Lorraine Mirabella say Sheila Dixon interested in building soccer stadium downtown to try to lure DC United to Baltimore

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Dixon wants stadium near Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium

Washington Post’s Steve Goff says United recognizes Baltimore’s ability to build ‘world-class’ sports facilities

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says United ‘look forward’ to results of Maryland Stadium Authority’s study of Baltimore as possible new home

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Having Bruce Campbell would make a WORLD of difference for Maryland Saturday against WFU. Davin Meggett will have to shoulder a load, and Chris Turner HAS to stay on his feet. With no offense to Paul Pinegar, they could REALLY use Bruce Campbell.

-I am ALL FOR the city of Baltimore building a “secondary stadium” with hopes of having MLS as a primary tenant. Much like Drew Forrester, I think an arena is a more PRESSING priority; but cities across the country are building stadiums like this, and Baltimore has the chance to make money off of an immediate professional sports franchise that needs a new home.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

RAVENS REPORT CARD:

Quarterback: B

I actually was going to give Joe a “B+” for the game, but after talking to national scouts and some people with the Ravens; I was told I was being OVERLY fair. Joe really struggled in the first half, looking nervous early on. He targeted Derrick Mason too much early on, and then zeroed in on his first receivers too much the rest of the game, not finishing progression. But he played well, almost well enough to win.

Running Backs/Fullbacks: B

Just a shame they didn’t get the ball more. Ray Rice had some stumbling problems, and they didn’t get one yard when they needed it most.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: C+

This was tough, as Derrick Mason was great early, but didn’t get going much the rest of the way. Kelley Washington and Todd Heap weren’t targeted much, and we all know what happened with Mark Clayton. It wasn’t as if they played poorly, but there wasn’t enough there to give them a high grade.

Offensive Line: B+

What Michael Oher did in moving from one side to the other was REALLY impressive, but it wasn’t the best game of the season for this unit otherwise. Chris Chester had a tough time after playing the best football of his career for the first 3 games.

Defensive Line: B

Actually a very good effort from this unit, but they did allow the Patriots some 6-9 yard rushes early in the game that opened things up for Tom Brady. The pressure was better though.

Linebackers: A-

I thought this group played really well. They got pressure; Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson made big plays, and Ray Lewis was all over the field. Even Dannell Ellerbe contributed in his first game action.

Secondary: B-

The safeties are not usually the issue in this unit. But Domonique Foxworth played pretty well (other than when Randy Moss pushed him out of the way) and Frank Walker made another really nice play.

Special Teams: B

Chris Carr’s gaffe really set the tone for the game, and it was a bad tone. Lardarius Webb played well. They’ll miss Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Coaching: B-

The play-calling was CLEARLY suspect from Cam Cameron. It might not have lost the game, but it didn’t help.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh claimed Ravens ‘not disappointed’ in Chris Carr

Drew Forrester says with Orioles season over, MacPhail should face media

Glenn Clark says Derrick Mason best Raven in loss, Drew Forrester picks Jarret Johnson

Nestor Aparicio says Birk doing community work in Baltimore AND Minnesota

Tom Clayton says Cam Cameron seemed to have ‘no interest’ in establishing control of ground game

Glenn Clark says Friedgen, Niumatalolo got ‘lucky’ over weekend

Rex Snider lost respect for Tom Brady after Ravens’ loss

Derek Arnold says Derrick Mason showing up everywhere

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s John Eisenberg says Patriots’ limited mistakes reason Ravens left New England on losing end

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens expected to bring back Prescott Burgess with Ayanbadejo’s season believed to be over

The Official Site says Harbaugh just wants officiating to be ‘fair and consistent’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh ‘hopeful’ to have Jared Gaither Sunday against Cincinnati

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco thought Ravens ‘took what (Patriots) gave (them)’ as far as play-calling was concerned

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Marvin Lewis expects all players to be available Sunday besides Andre Smith

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh noted Flacco was hit 5 times, Pats got just 1 roughing call

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley breaks down roughing penalties that have gone against Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘more balanced and physical’ than New England

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh didn’t define returner between Chris Carr, Lardarius Webb moving forward

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh continued to describe Gaither’s injury as ‘not serious’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says NFL Network to re-broadcast Ravens-Patriots tonight

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens took to Twitter after loss in Foxborough

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbs doesn’t believe Ravens’ ‘reputation’ affects how games are called

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens not blaming Mark Clayton for loss to Patriots

The AP says Birk knows Ravens can’t dwell on officiating

The AP says Harbaugh knows Ayanbadejo a costly loss for Ravens

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals will come to Baltimore struggling offensively

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Belichick had informed Pats that Ron Winter’s crew was quick to throw flags

SI’s Peter King dropped Ravens to 8th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown drops Ravens to 9th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘B-‘ for effort in loss

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio has Ravens 6th in power rankings

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site
previews Saturday’s trip to Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Demon Deacons release (pdf)

The Official Site says Nick Ferrara, Demetrius Hartsfield honored by ACC

The Sun says Terps, Cavs will kick off at 4pm on 10/17 (GET ON THE BUS!!!!)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Tyler Smith bounced back with big weekend

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says win over Clemson may have ‘saved’ season for Maryland

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Bruce Campbell underwent MRI yesterday, results expected in Ralph Friedgen’s press conference today

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps can’t rely on ‘luck’ moving forward (must subscribe)

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Ferrara shared specialist honor with Virginia’s Robert Randolph (ROBERT RANDOLPH?!?!?)

The Diamondback has Terps 8th in ACC power rankings

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps two games up on Florida State, Clemson in loss column early on

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Adrian Moten lead players only meeting last week

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Chris Turner ‘settled down’ in Clemson victory

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Torrey Smith continues to shine for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ryan Donohue got first action against Clemson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Lamar Young, Andrew Gonnella played well Saturday against Clemson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps, ‘Hoos will be on ESPNU

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Hartsfield first freshman Terp to be honored since DHB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Davin Meggett had most touches for Terps in win

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps trust Don Brown

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Fridge got ‘cocky’ after Maryland’s win

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Hartsfield locked up weekly honor with final sack, strip of Kyle Parker

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says players-only meeting helped Terps get ‘focus’ for game against Tigers (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Adrian Moten ‘proud’ of Demetrius Hartsfield (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Pete Volk says Jeremiah Wilson’s commitment ‘unwavering’

Scout.com’s John Wallpher profiles ’11 DeMatha prospect Kouandjio (must subscribe)

Scout.com’s John Wallpher profiles ’10 Gwynn Park prospect Khalek Shepherd (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says charges dropped against Maryland freshman Jordan Williams

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Gary Williams ‘happy’ Jordan Williams issue is over

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jordan Williams’ attorney Bill Stevens noted Jordan appeared to be trying to play role of peacemaker in incident

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says film about Len Bias’ death will be part of ESPN Films’ “30 for 30” series

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary defended Jordan Williams as ‘outstanding person’, ‘great representative of (their) basketball team’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams ‘expected to contend for playing time’ with Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says ESPN named Terps 14th best team of 2000’s

The AP says prosecutor Stilson says all parties in Jordan Williams case wanted charges dropped

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says St. Anthony prospect Ashton Pankey to visit College Park Oct. 16 (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says future Terp Alicia DeVaughn got ‘motherly’ feeling from Brenda Frese (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Houston to face Rice

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen-Owls preview (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Greg Jones, Ross Pospisil recognized by coaching staff from win over AFA

Go Mids says Joe Buckley, Wyatt Middleton, Jon Teague top players from Air Force game

Go Mids grades Mids’ win over Falcons (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Tigers’ trip to Rhode Island Saturday to face CAA foe

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says George Howard, Kemar Scarlett honored by MEAC

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Alex Lachman honored by Centennial Conference

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site
says Brandon Norwood, Brandon Hudson, Paul Cynewski all honored by ACFC

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Russell Branyan, Hank Blalock, Mark DeRosa, Prince Fielder could be offseason bat options for Birds to pursue

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Bergesen top Oriole in ‘09

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Brian Roberts Orioles’ MVP

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says John Lackey, Rich Harden, Randy Wolf, Jason Marquis, Tim Hudson, Erik Bedard, Ben Sheets could be offseason pitching options for O’s to pursue

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Uehara Birds’ ‘biggest disappointment’

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team added Jason Blackman, Ron Meehan, Bryan Milburn to coaching staff

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-For the record, Brian Roberts would have been my Orioles MVP as well.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens 21, Patriots 19

Before the season, I would have said the Ravens had NO CHANCE to win in Foxborough. But they have a chance. I think the Patriots will struggle in the red zone. If the Ravens can keep Randy Moss and Benjamin Watson in check; they get a BIG win.

Clemson 30, Maryland 20

This pains me. I hope I’m wrong. I’m probably glad I won’t be in College Park tomorrow.

Navy 35, Air Force 30

As Drew Forrester said, “take the over.”

New Hampshire 41, Towson 17

Love Rob Ambrose, but it could be a long day tomorrow at Unitas Stadium

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Ravens won’t put Brigance in Ring of Honor

Glenn Clark says trip to Gillette Stadium could be ‘big’ for Hauschka

Drew Forrester says Orioles should allow fans to come to OPACY for free this weekend

Bob Haynie says Orioles ‘getting hot at wrong time of season’

Tom Clayton picks Ravens to beat Patriots

Lawson Lambert says Maryland ‘not a good football team’

Ed Frankovic says Caps opened season with win in Boston

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cam Cameron believes Pats giving teams more of a 4-3 defensive look

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens 0-4 all time against New England

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Trevor Pryce returned to practice, Troy Smith remained out with illness

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco/Brady being billed as matchup of ‘elite’ quarterbacks

The Official Site says Ray Rice thought scoring first TD ‘unbelievable feeling’

The Official Site says Kruger’s punt rush abilities in practice have been ‘really encouraging’ to Rosburg

The Official Site says Ray Lewis partnered with Gameloft to announce iPhone application

Patriots Official Site’s Erik Scalavino says Kaczur returned to practice; Mayo, Wilfork remained out

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh ‘admires’ Belichick, Patriots

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Hauschka must keep cool, Ravens must pressure Brady, and red-zone defense must continue to step up

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Pats can beat Ravens by getting ahead early, holding on to football, throwing jump balls to Randy Moss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can ‘take advantage’ of Pats’ injuries in Foxborough Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Fabian Washington, Domonique Foxworth have history in AFC West with Randy Moss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Antwan Barnes getting nod over Paul Kruger as Suggs’ backup

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Ravens’ secondary will struggle with Patriots’ WR’s

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Kelley Washington grateful for chance he had with New England

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Demetrius Williams, Lardarius Webb have made big plays on Sam Koch punts

5 of 7 Sun analysts pick Patriots to beat Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says ‘chess match’ between Brady, Reed worth watching

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Patriots’ Adalius Thomas bucking trend of defensive players struggling after leaving Baltimore

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Heap believes Flacco ‘special’

Boston Globe’s Michael Vega says Terdell Sands expected to ‘bolster’ Pats’ D-Line with Wilfork banged up

Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian says Randy Moss revealed he was dealing with intense back pain against Falcons last week

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says Tom Brady expects Ravens to be different defensively than Rex Ryan’s Jets

Worcester Telegram’s Jennifer Toland says Flacco third straight solid young QB (Mark Sanchez, Matt Ryan) Patriots have faced

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss says CBS’ Esiason likes Patriots Sunday

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt says Cam Cameron has done ‘nice job developing’ Flacco

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says despite future Hall of Fame players on field, Flacco will be best player Sunday

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens, Patriots each throwing ball more

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Reed, Brady ‘cerebral’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens can legitimately discuss Super Bowl

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Waters stellar as Birds snapped 13 game funk with win over Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes Camden Yards mound tonight against David Purcey, Blue Jays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Luke Scott missed Thursday’s game with sore left foot

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says Garza’s quality effort not enough as Rays fell to O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Dave Trembley particularly celebratory after Birds broke losing streak

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Jays come to OPACY playing hot baseball

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says he’s not protecting Peter Angelos

The AP says Waters beat Rays in front of family from nearby Lakeland, FL

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 28th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Justin Turner best 2B prospect in organization

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Friedgen thought Chris Turner particularly good in practice this week gearing up for Clemson

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Adrian Cannon trying to ‘zone’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Da’Rel Scott walking around campus with football this week

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Torrey Smith believes Terps could easily be 3-1 right now

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says students even avoiding Byrd Stadium during struggles

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Lamar Young, Andrew Gonnella will start at Guard for Terps

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps will be hard pressed to turn things around in ACC play

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps inspired by Johnny Holliday’s grandson Jack Rolle-who is battling cancer

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Bruce Campbell ‘blanked out’ when he drew personal foul against Rutgers

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Swinney expects Ralph to have Terps ‘ready to play’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps missed in O-Line recruiting with Evan Eastburn, Zach Marshall, Joe Faiella, Bearthur Johnson

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Clemson 23-7

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ferrara will kick, punt, handle kickoffs

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says visiting team has won last four Clemson-Maryland matchups

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Fulper will backup Gonnella

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says baseball helped Tigers QB Kyle Parker improve

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says Swinney will rely on CJ Spiller, Jacoby Ford offensively

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have no idea what backup QB Jamarr Robinson would bring to field

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps don’t want to play themselves out of Clemson game with turnovers, penalties (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Lempa plans to start McCullough Saturday (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says McCullough’s return Saturday ‘pivotal’ for Terps

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhart says Fridge worked with Da’Rel Scott on fumbles this week

Turtle Sports Report’s Ethan Rothstein chats with Maryland prospect Josh Furman (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Stoglin ‘loves’ Comcast Center

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps interested in 6’11 Ontario (Canada) prospect Nastic, a native of Serbia (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Bob Socci says contest with Air Force about Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, not ‘mind games’

The Official Site says Pospisil semifinalist for National Football Foundation’s Bill Campbell Award-to be given to nation’s top scholar athlete

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Dobbs, Air Force QB Tim Jefferson each have Atlanta background

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo, Troy Calhoun battling for recruits

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs (Douglas County), Jefferson (Woodward Academy) went to rival high schools in Georgia

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Air Force more ‘pivotal’ than Army for Midshipmen with C-i-C Trophy on the line

Denver Post’s John Henderson says Ricky Dobbs wants to beat Falcons, become President

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina breaks down Navy-AFA tomorrow (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says New Hampshire 5-0 all-time against Tigers

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Carroll County natives Brady Smith, Dan Bridges making impact for Tigers

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Muhlenberg

The Official Site offers complete Jays-Mules release (pdf)

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hawks took lanes with highly regarded women’s bowling team

GOLF:

The AP says Lonnie Nielsen shot 65 to lead Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship through one round at Baltimore Country Club

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Tom Watson one stroke back on Five Farms course

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Jay Haas also one stroke back of Nielsen

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Belmont winner Summer Bird returns to track Saturday for Jockey Club Gold Cup

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Summer Bird will face older horses in Gold Cup at Belmont Park

The Sun says Luis Garcia could reach 1,000 career wins today at Laurel

BLAST:

Examiner Richard Crabbe says future of Blast, NISL in question

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team re-signed former Hereford star Goloboski

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Orioles WILL lose 100 games this season. No chance they win 2 this weekend.

Talk to you this weekend.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

From everything I’ve gathered, the Jordan Williams situation is not a big deal for the Terps. Certainly it is embarrassing, but it doesn’t appear to be anything that will affect Jordan Williams moving forward on the court. In fact, the charges can possibly be dismissed if Jordan agrees to participate in an anger management program.

I do not know the details of the arrest (nor does anyone else), but from what I could gather in speaking to people yesterday who know about law enforcement, these are usually the types of charges that come from minor incidents where a fight was involved. It shouldn’t reflect on Jordan Williams being some sort of violent character.

With all of that being said, it is NOT okay for a Division 1 athlete to put himself in those types of situations. Jordan Williams is an important part of what is expected to be a renaissance for Gary Williams’ program. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jordan was suspended for the exhibition game this season (similar to how Greivis Vasquez was last season), but I would find any further punishment unlikely.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester believes Ravens will win in Foxborough Sunday

Glenn Clark says Trevor Pryce knows Ravens most pressure Tom Brady even if they can’t sack him

Drew Forrester says McGahee has been Ravens’ ‘best’ player thus far in ’09

Glenn Clark says Oher was best Raven on field Sunday, Drew Forrester says Flacco

Nestor Aparicio says 100 losses would be particularly embarrassing for Orioles

Drew Forrester hearing rumblings about Tom Kelly around Baltimore

Glenn Clark hopes to visit Samuel Adams Brewery while in Boston with Ravens this weekend

Bob Haynie wonders if Ravens fans still root for Kyle Boller

Ed Frankovic breaks down likely opening night roster for Capitals

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says bullpen couldn’t back up Hendrickson as Birds fell in Tampa Bay

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of 11th straight loss

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Jeremy Guthrie to face Wade Davis, Rays tonight

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Brian Roberts now one of just 5 players in MLB history to register 25 stolen bases, 50 doubles, 70 walks, 100 runs scored in 3 straight seasons

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Orioles shut down Chris Tillman for season

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says 10,352 at Tropicana Field to see Rays rally past O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says MacPhail met with Peter Angelos last week to discuss Trembley’s future

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says after 11th straight loss, Markakis said ‘there’s only so much we can do’

The Sun’s Candus Thomson remembers “Why Not?” Birds 20 years later

The Sun’s Candus Thomson talks about memories of ’89 Orioles with Dave Johnson

The Sun’s Candus Thomson talks about memories of ’89 Orioles with Bill Ripken

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jim Johnson, Chris Ray will ‘probably’ compete for closer job in ‘10

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds would be better off beating out Pirates for Number 2 pick in Draft

Examiner Jay Trucker says Albers, Danys Baez, Chris Ray all struggled out of pen for Birds

The AP says Dave Trembley not feeling sorry for (him)self despite Orioles’ 11 game losing streak

St. Petersburg Times’ Joe Smith says Zobrist homered for Rays in win

Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio says Willy Aybar connected for 3 run HR in Rays’ win

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 28th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 29th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh credited coached John Matsko and Andy Moeller for O-Line success

The Official Site says Harbaugh reports team dealing with ‘new concussions’, does not identify which players

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says John Eisenberg joined BaltimoreRavens.com as columnist

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis was back out at 1 Winning Drive Monday for meetings after suffering stinger Sunday vs. Browns

New England Patriots Official Site says team waived Prescott Burgess, added DL Terdell Sands

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cam Cameron has offense ‘firing on all cylinders’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Patriots, Bengals, Vikings will all ‘test’ Ravens

The Sun’s Edward Lee says defensive backs happy coaching staff didn’t adjust strategy for Cleveland game after struggles against Chargers

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Harbaugh ‘complimentary’ towards Belichick in Monday press conference

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Derrick Mason credited Steve McNair after reaching 800 catch milestone

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco on pace for 4,474 yards passing; 32 TD’s and 10 picks

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kruger’s agent denied report rookie DE/LB doesn’t want to play Special Teams

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says only Ravens QB’s to throw as much as Flacco were Grbac, Testaverde-who made more mistakes than Joe Cool

Boston Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper says Fred Taylor happy to lead RB by committee group for New England

Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport says Wilfork diagnosed with ankle sprain, status for Sunday unknown

Worcester Telegram’s Rich Garven says Patriots amongst NFL leaders defensively

Providence Journal’s Shalise Manza Young says Jerod Mayo was off crutches in Pats locker room Monday

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss says Patriots don’t have to give up Draft pick to Ravens for Burgess because Burgess didn’t play Sunday against Falcons

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 4th in power rankings

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi imagines Ravens will be in AFC Championship Game in January

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gave Ravens B+ for performance in win Sunday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens will learn about Patriots from Jets, Rex Ryan

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Domonique Foxworth, secondary bounced back well after struggles in San Diego

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s ACC opener against Clemson

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Tigers release (pdf)

Clemson Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Byrd Stadium

Clemson Official Site offers complete Tigers-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Titus Till returned to field over weekend

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Friedgen ‘dismayed’ by mistakes Terps making

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps must fix -10 turnover margin

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Adrian Moten, Wujciak playing tough despite struggles

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge thinks Chris Turner a bit ‘skittish’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps, Deacs to kick off at 6:30 on October 10

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says money owed to Ralph, James Franklin makes situation tricky for Debbie Yow

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland on ESPN360 again against Wake Forest

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Wujciak moved into EJ Henderson, Erin Henderson area of individual game tackling performances in Friedgen era

Charleston Post and Courier’s Travis Sawchik says Xavier Dye, Dwayne Allen also unhappy about roles with Tigers

Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says Clemson QB Willy Korn ‘wants to play’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Virginia has more reason for ‘hope’ than Maryland

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Boys Latin CB prospect Michael Turner visited College Park (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says WR Kerry Boykins getting attention for blocking (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Wujciak had big day for Terps in loss to Rutgers (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for Maryland opponents

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Register Citizen’s Ronald DeRosa says Jordan Williams turned himself in on charges of breach of peace, third degree assault

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Jordan Williams was arrested with four other defendants for an incident near a mall

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says details of Jordan Williams arrest not available due to sealed warrant

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Jordan Williams turned himself into Torrington (CT) police Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jordan Williams due back in court Monday for arraignment

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says charges against Jordan Williams stemmed from incident last month

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams released statement saying Terps will ‘let judicial system run its course’ in Jordan Williams case

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says George Howard honored again by MEAC

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest with Air Force

The Official Site offers complete Midshipmen/Falcons release (pdf)

Air Force Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Annapolis

Air Force Official Site offers complete Falcons/Mids release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo understands Commander-in-Chief Trophy makes game with AFA more important

Washington Post’s Camille Powell looks back on close games during Navy’s 6 game win streak over Air Force

Colorado Springs Gazette’s Jack Schaller says game against Midshipmen may be ‘most important’ game in Troy Calhoun’s tenure in Colorado Springs

Go Mids breaks down performances of Mids in win over Western Kentucky (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Rob Ambrose believes Tigers ‘getting a little better each and every week’

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Sean Kelly, Brandon Hudson honored by ACFC

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Steve Anderson says Borel to ride Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in Goodwood Stakes

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Tom Watson will be ‘star’ of Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in Timonium this week

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team brought back Brian Bradford

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-I hear Drew talking about how the Orioles should be a 70+ win next season, and I can only think to myself “with what players?” Having Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz take a step forward would only solve PART of this organization’s problem.

-Tom Kelly? I guess. Certainly he’s a guy who knows a thing or two about winning, but I think if the Orioles are really committed to winning, they need to go with a younger guy who can grow with the players but already knows about winning. I said before that Bob Melvin would be my guy, and I still think he should be.

-The Ravens WILL have interest in bringing back Prescott Burgess, but I doubt he ends up back in Baltimore. Burgess was let go because the team just didn’t have room for him on the roster anymore. They don’t suddenly have any.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here’s your Ravens Report Card for their win over the Browns:

Quarterback: A-

I know he put up a personal record 342 yards in the victory, but there WERE areas where Joe could improve. He STILL seems to overthrow Ray Rice in dangerous spots on the field; but he has been very good otherwise.

Running Backs: A

In fairness, Drew and I could have probably run behind the holes that offensive line was giving them. The only area that this unit could improve is seeing more explosiveness from space from Ray Rice. That will come with his touches. Willis McGahee has been absolutely tremendous.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: A-

Kelley Washington and Derrick Mason were tremendous again yesterday. It was nice to see LJ Smith get involved as well. It is still frustrating to not see Demetrius Williams contribute.

Offensive Line: A+

I would put more pluses on this if I could. That was one of the most impressive performances I have EVER seen from an offensive line. Only Jared Gaither’s penalty was a mistake. Through three weeks, this has been the team’s best unit.

Defensive Line: A

Not that I thought the Browns would run on this team, but they didn’t. There could still be more pressure here, but we’re basically nitpicking.

Linebackers: A-

Need more pressure, and they cannot lose their assignments like they did a couple times yesterday on short passing plays. Otherwise, this was another very good game for their unit.

Secondary: B+

This is going to look like a bad grade, but it isn’t. Ed Reed with a bad penalty on Joshua Cribbs (he said he thought the ball was uncatchable, but he clearly mistimed that hit), and Mike Furrey wiggled free a few times. But they really did play well.

Special Teams: B+

Again, B+ is a REALLY good grade. Don’t forget that. This team needs to figure out what’s going on in the return game. They really need more explosiveness, and ability to use returns as an offensive weapon. Chris Carr has been disappointing. He doesn’t need TD’s, he just needs to create.

Coaching: A

I thought (like Drew) that John Harbaugh left Joe Flacco in the game too long. Other than that, it is hard to criticize a win like that.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says play up front from Oher, Gaither, Birk, etc. making Ravens look like Super Bowl contenders

Drew Forrester says Ravens ‘very good’, Browns ‘very bad’

Glenn Clark can’t imagine how anyone watched any Orioles-Indians this weekend

Ed Frankovic says Caps topped Rangers in final preseason game

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco threw for career high 342 yards and TD as Ravens trounced Browns

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Cameron, Flacco ‘comfortable with opening playbook to fullest extent’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice finally breaks through for first career TD

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason hauled in 800th career reception in win

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says McGahee’s 2 TD’s made him leading scorer in NFL

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison wonders if McGahee should be Ravens’ top back

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says Foxworth set tone for good day from secondary with early INT

The Official Site says Harbaugh happy with win, thinks Ravens ‘can play better’

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says 29 yard FG from Cundiff only good news of day for Browns

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens stayed in first place in AFC North with win

The Sun’s Mike Preston says LJ Smith made first catch in purple in victory

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brendon Ayanbadejo added 2nd INT of career in victory

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives especially high praise to all Ravens units for performance against Cleveland

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason abused Brandon McDonald and Abram Elam on 72 yard TD

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Patriots up next for red hot Ravens

6 of 6 Sun analysts thought Browns woeful in defeat

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says 70,950 at M&T Bank Stadium saw Ravens spank Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dawan Landry added pick for Ravens in win

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says ’09 Ravens looking like ’00 Super Bowl champion Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Ryan Chell says Cribbs ‘very disappointed’ with inability to get anything going against Ravens

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says neither Brady Quinn nor Derek Anderson could get anything going for Brownies

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says D’Qwell Jackson thought Flacco ‘much better in person’ than on film

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says Mangini wouldn’t settle on QB after loss

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens have allowed just 153 rushing yards through 3 games

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer says Mason proving to be more than just ‘possession’ receiver

SI’s Don Banks imagines Ravens will remain atop power rankings

SI’s Peter King says Ravens best team in NFL

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says McGahee ‘difference maker’ for Ravens

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says McGahee helped himself by staying in Owings Mills this offseason

CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel thinks Browns could be quitting

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will stay on top of power rankings

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Matt O’Donnell
says Chris Tillman rocked as Birds swept by Tribe

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Matt O’Donnell says Hendrickson takes Tropicana Field mound tonight against Niemann, Rays

Indians Official Site’s Anthony Castrovince says David Huff outstanding as Indians shut out O’s

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says 29,930 at Progressive Field saw Tribe sweep Birds

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tillman shut down after losing to Indians

The AP says Trembley thinks streak ‘rough 10 games’ for Birds (It’s been a ‘rough 10 years’ for Orioles fans)

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manoloff says Shoppach crushed 3 run bomb for Indians in win

Akron Beacon Journal’s Sheldon Ocker says David Huff made strong case to Mark Shapiro to start in 2010 with performance Sunday

Canton Repository’s Josh Weir says LaPorta also homered for Tribe in win

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph expects Travis Baltz to miss 2 weeks

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ferrara ‘likely’ to punt in place of injured Baltz

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps still haven’t beaten FBS team this season

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps off to worst start since 1997

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Ralph reported Pinegar had ‘bruised butt’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps not necessarily dead in the water in awful ACC

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps were ‘lifeless’ at end of loss to Rutgers

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Chris Turner, Da’Rel Scott, Adrian Cannon have been disappointments for Maryland

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge ‘plans on getting better’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OG’s Bennett Fulper, Lamar Young both nicked up

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps as bad statistically as they’ve been on field

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have -10 turnover ratio right now

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps allowing way too many points off turnovers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens looks back on lowest moments for Chris Turner

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen imagines Jamari McCullough will be back at ‘full strength’ against Clemson

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 11th in power rankings

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough says ’10 prospect Max Garcia interested in Terps (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says CB Blake Carter leader for Midshipmen

The Official Site says Staubach, Kaheaku-Enhada amongst best players in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium history

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Academy auctioning off uniforms worn by Mids against Toppers

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Mids were particularly good on 3rd down against Hilltoppers

Go Mids recognizes Ricky Dobbs, Kwesi Mitchell, Brian Ackerman for their play in win over Western Kentucky

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Not having Travis Baltz for 2 weeks is bad news . If they’re 1-5 going into the Virginia game that we’re taking the bus trip to, I might kill myself.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Just to follow up on something we were talking about this morning….

Ralph Friedgen is not going to be fired. James Franklin will be the next head coach.

They have a contract that stipulates that. The country, the state, and the school are all in a recession. I don’t think Ralph Friedgen SHOULD be fired, but the poin I’m trying to make is that it doesn’t matter. He’s not going to be.
James Franklin will be the next head coach unless James Franklin decides not to be (or something particularly crazy happens).

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Mangini has special memories of spending inaugural season (’96) with Ravens

Thyrl Nelson thinks Flacco good play Sunday vs. Browns

Brian Billick enjoyed catching up with Rex Ryan before making appearance at Mother’s in Federal Hill

Ed Frankovic says former Caps goalie Kolzig retired

Ed Frankovic says Capitals beat Blackhawks 6-2 in preseason contest

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie loser again as Birds swept by Blue Jays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says after day off today, David Hernandez takes Progressive Field mound against Fausto Carmona, Indians

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Reimold had successful Achilles surgery Wednesday

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Scott Richmond went 5 innings to lead Jays past O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Michael Aubrey, Wieters homered for Birds in loss

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley believes Reimold should be ready to return for Spring Training

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora had Wednesday off

Examiner Jay Trucker says Andy MacPhail not talking about Dave Trembley decision

The AP says Travis Snider homered for Jays in win

Toronto Star’s Dave Perkins says 13,743 at Rogers Centre saw Jays sweep Birds

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says British Columbia native Richmond wasn’t perfect in victory

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says LJ Smith (hamstring), Zbikowski (concussion) fully practiced Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis expects former teammate Jamal Lewis to ‘run hard’ Sunday returning to Baltimore

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Derrick Mason not concerned with Ravens’ status in power rankings

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Frank Walker thinks Ravens need to forget about Chargers’ passing performance Sunday

The Official Site says Browns coach Mangini thinks DC Rob Ryan ‘similar to’ former Ravens DC Rex Ryan

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Brady Quinn making first AFC North division start at ‘unfriendly’ M&T Bank Stadium

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says FB Lawrence Vickers knows Ravens’ defense must be stopped at ‘point of attack’

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says Jamal Lewis trying to snap Ravens’ 37 game streak of not allowing 100 yard rusher

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Jarret Johnson (shoulder), Fabian Washington (illness), Jared Gaither (illness)

The Sun’s Ken Murray says McGahee ‘new man’ in ‘09

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Demetrius Williams wants to ‘make impact’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Domonique Foxworth has particularly ‘short memory’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says former Raven Brigance to be honored on 40th birthday next week

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says national media outlets on Ravens ‘bandwagon’

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Oher, Chester playing particularly well together

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens over Browns

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Kelley Washington brings ‘swagger’ to field

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Justin Bannan (knee) limited in practice

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says James Davis, Jerome Harrison would ‘share the load’ if Jamal Lewis can’t go Sunday in Baltimore

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Brady Quinn thinks Browns can ‘work through’ offensive issues

Akron Beacon Journal’s Stephanie Storm says Tackle John St. Clair knows Browns must go ‘back to drawing board’ to stop pass rush

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says Mangini continues to let go of Phil Savage’s Draft picks

8 out of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens over Browns

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 1st in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens 2nd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 34-17

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says Ravens must beat Steelers to contend

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Kelley Washington’s emergence has hurt Demetrius Williams

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps last in ACC in run defense, scoring defense

The Sun’s Jeff Barker waiting for Davin Meggett to ‘break out’

The AP says Tom Savage will be Rutgers’ starter at QB if he’s healthy

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says ACC Championship not out of picture for Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says James Franklin believes Adrian Cannon has ‘disappeared’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Knights trying to avenge 2007 loss to Terps in Piscataway

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens breaks down all plays that could have changed Middle Tennessee State game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Rutgers beat writer Keith Sargeant believes Maryland game ‘most important test’ for Scarlet Knights

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 7 Terps originally from New Jersey

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says missing Jamari McCullough means Terps missing one of ‘smartest’ players

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Schiano still uncertain of Tom Savage’s status

Newark Star-Ledger’s Brendan Prunty says Ralph believes ‘inexperience’ hurting Terps

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Isaiah Ross amongst freshmen who could see expanded roles

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Fridge doesn’t regret going a bit softer on Terps over summer

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Terps believe MTSU ‘underestimated’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Rutgers 20-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Cameron Chism worth watching

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Tyler Bowen facing up and down battle with health (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps seeing ‘glimpses’ from WR Kevin Dorsey (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Chris Turner has ‘good memories’ of Scarlet Knights (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Mike Rubin says Terps have been much better at Byrd Stadium in recent years

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel
says Tigers haven’t lost to Bears since 2003-a game also at Hughes Stadium

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Midshipmen getting less production from FB position with Teich

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Jon Teague will handle kicking against Western Kentucky

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Teich ‘more comfortable’ at FB position

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Wyatt Middleton pitching in at OLB

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual matchups with Western Kentucky (must subscribe)

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s contest against Towson

The Official Site offers complete Bears-Tigers release (pdf)

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror could be without WR’s Nick Bender, Matt Cahill

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site announces ’09-’10 schedule, including opener vs. Lonergan, Vermont

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Ravens Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Levinson to premiere Colts Marching Band documentary at M&T Bank Stadium

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Peyton Manning not as great as Unitas

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Broadway Producer favorite for Maryland Million Classic

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker, Strohl to weigh-in tonight at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-It was fun doing “fake Orioles radio” this morning. If only we could do real Orioles radio. Check out the Audio Vault at WNST.net.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Please get over to BCF.org to buy tickets to next Tuesday’s “2 Rings for O.J.” event to honor O.J. Brigance. WNST is in no way affiliated with the event, but we firmly support everything we can do to honor the great O.J. Brigance.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker to call Sunday’s game for CBS

Tom Clayton says Flacco, Matt Ryan continuing ‘meteoric ascension’ amongst QB’s

G.Q. says Sleigh Rider ‘Best Bet’ today at Laurel

Ed Frankovic says Caps assigned 6 players to Hershey

Nestor Aparicio says WNST.net now Alexa rated amongst top 100,000 most visited websites in world

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Dave Trembley particularly short with media following loss

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jeremy Guthrie takes hill tonight at Rogers Centre against Scott Richmond, Toronto

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis missed just second start of season

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Brian Roberts tied Berkman’s record for doubles by switch hitter with 55th

Toronto Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Aaron Hill won game for Jays with walkoff double

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Danys Baez, Jim Johnson struggled before Sarfate took loss out of pen for O’s

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Trembley going with Michael Aubrey at first to improve defense

Examiner Jay Trucker says Jay Gibbons’ contract finally about to come ‘off the books’

The AP says Shawn Camp got win for Jays in relief

Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin says Edwin Encarnacion homered for Jays in win

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says Jose Bautista scored winning run for Jays in 11th

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 26th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens traded Burgess to Patriots for 7th round pick

The Official Site says team signed veteran TE Tony Curtis

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh ‘happy’ to have Kelley Washington contribute at WR, not just on Special Teams

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens bounced back from long road trip to San Diego

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Deion Sanders thought Ray’s tackle 2nd best play of weekend

The Official Site says Flacco enjoyed trip to San Diego

Cleveland Browns Official Site says Browns waived Martin Rucker, Marquis Floyd; added Anthony Madison, Greg Estandia

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Tony Curtis gives Ravens TE depth while LJ Smith recovers from hamstring injury

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Gaither uses cooking to build team ‘camaraderie’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg’s knee ‘going good’

The Sun’s Mike Preston calls Chargers QB Phillip Rivers ‘a child’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Browns were going to claim Prescott Burgess off waivers

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Burgess, Lardarius Webb each made solid special teams plays against Bolts Sunday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelley Washington decided he’ll no longer do “The Squirrel”

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith thought he ‘had a shot’ to play in SD, but couldn’t have played ’50,60 plays’ if Todd Heap had been hurt

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Rex Ryan learned to stop going to prevent after leaving Baltimore for Jets

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McGahee learned not to have ‘hard head’ from ’08 season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Tony Curtis nearly made Eagles roster out of Training Camp

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Ravens now ‘more dangerous’ with Flacco as QB

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Browns added CB/ST Anthony Madison, TE Greg Estandia to roster

Akron Beacon Journal’s Patrick McManamon says Brady Quinn ‘needs time’ to develop, but Browns ‘desperately need a win’

USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Ravens turning into ‘balanced championship contender capable of overtaking’ Steelers

USA Today has Ravens 2nd in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 10th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ray Lewis’ tackle ‘ultimate blend of athleticism and brains’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says 52 not thinking about Rex Ryan, last year

NBC Sports has Ravens 5th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 1st in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker expects Prescott Burgess to help New England

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens fans can’t claim ‘disrespect’ after team lifted to #1 in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Cam Cameron’s stock ‘rising’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Kenny Tate, Terrell Skinner each had to play 80+ plays Saturday against Blue Raiders

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph sticking with Da’Rel Scott despite two fumbles against Middle Tennessee

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps might have to face backup QB Jabu Lovelace

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terrell Skinner thought Terps wouldn’t have to go back on defense at end of MTSU game

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Fridge thinks Terps have found ‘hard luck’ early on

The AP says Don Brown’s defense ‘in transition’ still

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph expects Da’Rel Scott to resume role as featured back Saturday

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Ralph reported Terps making mistakes in games that don’t occur during practice

The Diamondback has Terps 11th in ACC power rankings

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Adrian Cannon has just 10 catches when thrown to 21 times thus far this season

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says James Franklin thinks Terps would have blown out Raiders if not for turnovers, missed assignments

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda say Middle Tennessee State game had smallest crowd at Byrd Stadium since 2002

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Da’Rel Scott still 2nd in ACC in yards per game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps would need to beat Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, Boston College, Wake Forest to reach bowl game

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell thinks Dan Hawkins, Charlie Weis should be on hotter seat than Ralph

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Maryland, Rutgers battling for recruiting presence in Washington, Baltimore, New Jersey, etc.

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner facing Rutgers safety Lefeged again after Lefeged’s hit on Steffy forced Turner into action for first time

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph had no update on injury status of Bruce Campbell or Jamari McCullough

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Eric Franklin to be 7th true freshman to play in ‘09

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin wants ball in Torrey Smith’s hands

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps got off to similar start in ’08

Newark Star-Ledger’s Tom Luicci says Rutgers coach Schiano reported freshman QB Tom Savage might not be good to go Saturday after suffering head injury against Florida International

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps can’t go into Rutgers showdown off back to back losses

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps, Virginia, Boston College make it unlikely ACC will fill bowl tie-ins

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph knows Terps in ‘tough situation’ going into game against Scarlet Knights (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen says DE Justin Anderson ‘lucky to be alive’ (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings recaps best and worst moments from MTSU game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Carlos Olazagasti updates season for Terps’ 2009 opponents (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy says Greivis Vasquez 2nd best shooting guard in country

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says St. Anthony (NJ) forward prospect Devon Collier thinks ACC would be ‘good fit’ (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says ‘ambition’ drove Sasho Cirovski to College Soccer greatness

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says MASN to air Navy’s trip to SMU 10/17

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo believes Midshipmen have ‘backs against the wall’ Saturday against Western Kentucky

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Joe Buckley, Jon Teague again competing for kicker job

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says OC Ivin Jasper ‘visibly frustrated’ with Ricky Dobbs’ decisions in loss to Pitt

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Teague competing with Buckley again because Buckley missed 2 FG’s against Panthers

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says with Southern Methodist game on MASN, all games to be televised

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Buddy Green’s defense ‘struggling on opening drives’

Go Mids updates Mids’ 2009 opponents

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Navy, Army, Georgia Tech not dominating on ground with triple option (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Tigers’ trip to Morgan State Saturday

UMBC SOCCER:

The Official Site says Andrew Bulls scored to lift Retrievers past Loyola 1-0

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tim Miller named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Glenye Cain Oakford says 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall euthanized

BOXING:

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mark “TNT” Tucker fighting for USBO Championship Friday night at Carroll County Agricultural Center

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Orioles lose tonight and Drew Forrester owes me another Chinese lunch. Believe it or not, I’ll be rooting for the Birds.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

I will repeat what I said about Dave Trembley this morning on The Comcast Morning Show with Drew Forrester.

Should the Orioles bring back Dave Trembley? I don’t know.
Will the Orioles bring back Dave Trembley? I think so.
Could Dave Trembley say to the Orioles “Thanks but no thanks”? Yes, absolutely.

Dave Trembley (or ANY OTHER MANAGER for that matter given the current state of the organization) CANNOT go into a season as a lame duck. If a manager wants this group of rag tag players to respect him, he has to have the respect of Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail. A manager left with young and/or undesirable players will NOT earn the respect of his group if the players know management is only employing him “until the team gets good.”

If Dave Trembley were to be told “we’re bringing you back, and you have to earn it next season”, I wouldn’t blame him if he responded “thanks, but no thanks.”

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh told Ray Lewis after tackle of Sproles: “We’re not paying you enough”

Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester both say Ray Lewis best Raven in Week 2

Nestor Aparicio looks back on how O’s have changed in 3 years since “Free The Birds”

Drew Forrester says Gary Williams ‘earned’ year extension in College Park

Thyrl Nelson thinks Kelley Washington, Brady Quinn could be good fantasy plays this week

Glenn Clark says Maryland/Rutgers represents battle between good (The Old Line State) and evil (New Jersey)

Glenn Clark offers chance to win prize by captioning picture of Brian Roberts

Rex Snider doesn’t think Gary ‘earned’ extension

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell to Sabres in preseason home opener

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says third inning doomed Chris Tillman in loss to Toronto

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hendrickson takes hill tonight at Rogers Centre vs. Tallet, Jays

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Markakis fighting through slump

Blue Jays Official Site’s Jordan Bastian says Purcey pitched Jays past Birds

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds 30 games under .500 for first time since 2001

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Reimold got extra ‘wiggle room’ for recovery from surgery

The AP says Lyle Overbay, John McDonald homered for Jays in win

Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin says 11,598 at Rogers Centre saw Jays top Birds (that’s a Camden Yards crowd!)

Toronto Globe and Mail’s Robert MacLeod says Adam Lind added 2 run single for Jays in win

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 27th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Frederick News-Post says Frederick Keys lead Carolina League in attendance

RAVENS:

The Official Site says John Harbaugh believes pass defense ‘very correctable’

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh thought ‘a play had to be made’ when 52 made final tackle vs. Chargers

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison cleans up after me

Cleveland Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Mangini sticking with Brady Quinn under center Sunday in Baltimore

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says win in San Diego 8th win in last 10 road games for Ravens

The Sun breaks down how Ravens have fared in each of last 10 trips on road

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Dawan Landry knew secondary play ‘wasn’t pretty’ in win over Chargers

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh ‘doesn’t care’ that NFL Network analyst Mariucci thinks Ravens ‘team to beat’ in AFC

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh thought Flacco smart to take late sack vs. Bolts

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh, Ravens ‘proud’ of Rex Ryan, Mike Pettine, Jim Leonhard, Bart Scott, Jets

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Harbaugh ‘not comfortable’ with favorite status amongst NFL teams

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Domonique Foxworth believes secondary ‘better than what (they) showed’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh stated Fabian Washington will ‘have a chance to play’ Sunday as he battles back from concussion

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Mangini knows O-Linemen Alex Mack, John St. Clair hurting Browns right now

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says Braylon Edwards described Browns as ‘shocked’ after blowout loss to Broncos

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Flacco, Matt Ryan not suffering from ‘sophomore jinx’

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gives Ravens ‘B’ for performance in Sunday’s win

Sporting News’ Clifton Brown has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki thinks Norv Turner made mistake running on 4th and 2

ESPN.com’s James Walker says facing Browns will give Ravens chance to get healthy on pass defense

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens were ‘tremendous’ in red zone against SD

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-Rutgers Saturday

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Scarlet Knights release (pdf)

The Official Site says Maryland/Clemson to kick off at noon on 10/3

Rutgers Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Byrd Stadium

Rutgers Official Site offers complete Terps-Knights release (pdf)

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Tyler Smith had big weekend

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Terps 9th in ACC offensively with 8 turnovers

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps trying to ‘move on’ from loss to Blue Raiders

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says ‘buck stops with’ Ralph Friedgen when it comes to Maryland’s success

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps-Tigers to air on ESPNU

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen happy with Cam Chism in first start

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Scarlet Knights come to Maryland looking particularly similar to Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Virginia/North Carolina, Florida State/Boston College, Oklahoma/Miami got better TV scenarios than Maryland/Clemson

Newark Star-Ledger’s Tom Luicci says freshman QB Tom Savage getting ‘first career road test’ Saturday

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Chris Turner getting beat up behind line of scrimmage (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says future Terp Titus Till ready to hit Capital One Field (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Debbie Yow announced Gary earned additional year on contract thanks to ‘competitive and academic benchmarks’

The Sun says Gary’s deal worth more than $2 million annually

The Diamondback’s Michael Lemaire says Yow declared ’09-’10 season ‘has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary has one more chance to extend contract this season

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary enters season as 6th winningest active coach

Washington Times says Gary extended deal for second time

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary’s extension ‘absolutely no surprise at all’

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in with Stu Vetter regarding Terps prospects at Montrose Christian (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Navy-Western Kentucky Saturday

The Official Site offers complete Mids-Hilltoppers release (pdf)

The Official Site says Midshipmen to celebrate 50th anniversary of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday against WKU

Western Kentucky Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to Annapolis

Western Kentucky Official Site offers complete Toppers-Terps release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo, players all accepted blame for loss to Panthers

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Kriss Proctor returned to practice Monday

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids will wear throwback jerseys Saturday to celebrate stadium anniversary

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids haven’t opened season 1-3 since Paul Johnson’s first year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy and Jeffrey Tomik say life should be easier for Ricky Dobbs against Toppers than against Panthers (sacked 6 times)

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says Pitt’s Bill Stull did in Midshipmen again

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Peter Athens honored by CAA

The Sun says Athens split award with JMU’s Justin Thorpe

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says George Howard honored by MEAC

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Kase honored by Centennial Conference

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Examiner Alexander Pyles says losing Chauncey Gilliam might ‘devastating’ for Retrievers

SALISBURY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Cynewski honored by ACFC

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini says Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird breezed in Albuquerque Monday

BALTIMORE COLTS:

Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz thinks Unitas would have enjoyed watching Peyton Manning break his Colts career wins record last night

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Gary Williams ABSOLUTELY deserved the extra year he was given yesterday. Beyond the fact that it is in his contract, he earned it by getting that group of players to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament last year.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here’s my “Ravens Report Card” for Sunday’s win:

Quarterback: B

Joe was very good, but again had a few overthrows. He looked a little unsettled early on, but certainly got things together for another solid performance.

Running Back: B+

I was VERY impressed by Willis McGahee, and again saw glimpses of how dangerous Ray Rice can be when he gets the ball in space. There will be a game this season when the Ravens HAVE to let Ray Rice carry them to victory because nothing else is working. He’ll be ready to do it, too.

Wide Receiver/Tight End: B-

It was good to see the continued development of a trusting relationship between Joe Flacco and Kelley Washington, but where were Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams?

Offensive Line: A-

I get the feeling not everyone was as impressed with the O-Line as I was. I know Michael Oher jumped at one point (which Dan Fouts explained had something to do with the officials) and Matt Birk and Joe Flacco fumbled an early exchange; but I thought Oher, Gaither, and ESPECIALLY Chris Chester were great throughout.

Defensive Line: B

This would be an A+ if they could have gotten better pressure on Phillip Rivers; because NO ONE is running on this group. Trevor Pryce especially needed to be better getting off the edge.

Linebackers: B+

Again, this group would be getting an A+ if they were getting pressure. Ray Lewis himself DOES get an A+.

Secondary: C

I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. With more pressure, this would be a better unit. They were put in bad spots yesterday.

Special Teams: B

Hauschka made his only field goal, Sam Koch was good too. But the Ravens gave up some big runs to Darren Sproles, and Chris Carr is still not getting much going in the return game.

Coaching: B-

Cam Cameron’s scheme was pretty good until late, when I didn’t think we saw enough Le’Ron McClain. Meanwhile, Greg Mattison is still searching for answers defensively.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Norv Turner helped Ravens in win

Glenn Clark says Ravens move into Colts/Patriots/Steelers territory of AFC contenders with road win

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens proved themselves as ‘Super Bowl contenders’

Glenn Clark re-lives emotions of game as it was played

Bob Haynie enjoyed watching game with Ravens fans at Della Rose’s in Canton

Glenn Clark was confused by news that Terps had lost Saturday

Rex Snider thinks Ravens could use Chris McAlister

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis finished off win with tackle of Sproles in backfield

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says 52’s TFL best play of game, Cason’s pick of Flacco worst play of game

The Official Site’s Sarah Ellison says Flacco threw for 2 more TD’s in win

The Official Site’s Ryan Mink says McGahee rushed for 2 more TD’s in win

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says Rivers threw for career high 436 yards in loss

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 52 thought tackle ‘one of the greatest plays of (his) career’

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to running backs

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Greg Mattison’s defense should consider going Cover 2, rushing QB more

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Rice tallied 82 yards on day

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Dawan Landry thought he was ‘lucky’ to get first INT since ‘06

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Hauschka made first ‘pressure’ NFL kick Sunday

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ray made other plays on Sunday that were just as good as final tackle

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Fabian Washington said (via Twitter) he thought he played ‘terrible’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Antwan Barnes added INT in win

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh thought 52’s tackle ‘greatest football play (he’s) ever’ seen

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap added TD catch in win over Bolts

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson gives highest praise to O-Line, Running Backs, Linebackers

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jay Posner says Chargers settled for Kaeding field goals in all 4 trips to red zone against Ravens

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ray Lewis’ hit ‘best’ of NFL Week 2

USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Ed Reed thought Ray Lewis Ravens’ ‘firestarter’

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says 66,882 at Qualcomm Stadium saw one of Ray Lewis’ finest moments

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says McGahee’s ‘rebirth’ important part of Ravens’ success

SI’s Jay Clemons says McGahee could finish with 10-12 TD’s for Fantasy owners

SI’s Peter King says Cam Cameron thought Ray’s tackle ‘just amazing’

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Flacco definitely ‘franchise quarterback’

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Ravens have at least ‘maintained’ playoff level play from last season

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio wonders if Jerry Jones wishes he would have had Ray Lewis Sunday night

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens only undefeated team left in AFC North

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens will ‘open eyes’ after beating quality opponent on road

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds finished season just 2-16 against BoSox after being swept at OPACY

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of sweep

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Chris Tillman takes hill tonight at Rogers Centre vs. David Purcey, Blue Jays

Red Sox Official Site’s Jeff Seidel says 27,546 saw Sox sweep O’s at Camden Yards

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Luke Scott homered for Birds in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis admits to being ‘in funk’

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jason Berken beat up in loss

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says ‘few positives’ to be found in Jeremy Guthrie’s season

Boston Globe’s Adam Kilgore says Ellsbury added 2 run double in win

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Rutgers will come to College Park Saturday 2-1 after win over Florida International

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Friedgen ‘not bothered’ by Byrd Stadium boo birds

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown’s defense giving up nearly 40 points per game thus far

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says James Franklin’s offense ‘looks predictable and unimaginative’

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Ralph didn’t think players ‘into’ game against Blue Raiders

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Friedgen admitted to being too ‘emotional’ following loss to MTSU

Washington Times’ Harrison Goodman says ’09 Terps Ralph’s worst team yet

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says loss to Raiders Maryland’s first home loss to non-BCS team since Ohio in ‘97

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner would have kicked on 4th and 2 as well

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps lost on last second field goal for first time since NC State in ‘94

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph admitted Terps have ‘outside chance’ of getting Bruce Campbell, Jamari McCullough back for game against Scarlet Knights

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Josh Portis continuing success with California (PA)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Davin Meggett had most touches for Terps in loss to Raiders

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich drops Terps to 11th in ACC power rankings

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Maryland, Virginia have major problems within programs

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Ralph thought any one of ’26 plays’ could have gone differently for Maryland to beat Middle Tennessee (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Tigers beat Chanticleers Saturday night thanks to success running, stopping run

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids recognizes Alexander Teich, Ross Pospisil, Wyatt Middleton as top Mids from loss to Pitt

SWIMMING:

The Sun says Michael Phelps, Bob Bowman honored by USA Swimming

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Orioles got swept again, huh? It’s a good thing Drew Forrester is taking me to Jay-Z, or he’d owe me a hundred Chinese lunches.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks:

Chargers 23, Ravens 20 (OT)

This is my fancy way of saying that I think this game is a COMPLETE toss-up. I’m picking overtime, and I’m giving the home team the AUTOMATIC 3 points. I wouldn’t bet this game if you begged me to. Of course, I don’t bet on football (really), so I’m probably not the guy whose opinion matters. These are two good football teams. San Diego has the advantage because the Ravens are going to the other side of the country. That’s all.

Maryland 31, Middle Tennessee State 20

Losing Phillip Tanner will hurt the Blue Raiders, who I think would have been a MUCH more legitimate upset candidate with their starting RB. They’ll still give the Terps a mighty scare, but Maryland won’t fall at home.

Coastal Carolina 31, Towson 17

This will be a more competitive game than the score indicates, but the Chanticleers are better than Rob Ambrose’s Tigers right now.

Pitt 38, Navy 27

Navy is better than they were last year. Pitt isn’t as good as they were last year. But this game is still at Heinz Field, and the Panthers will get the home win.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Week 2 game could have AFC playoff ramifications

Bob Haynie wonders if Maryland or Navy will win more games this season

Glenn Clark impressed by story of Vince Young doing right thing for McNair’s kids

Ed Frankovic says Caps topped Sabres in preseason opener

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rays’ Wade Davis shut out Birds in win

The Official Site offers numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jeremy Guthrie takes hill tonight at Camden Yards against Clay Buchholz, Red Sox

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Mickolio to DL with shoulder inflammation

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says 12,000 at OPACY saw Rays top O’s

Red Sox Official Site’s John Barone says BoSox come to Baltimore with poor 34-37 record away from Fenway Park

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Hendrickson went just 3 1/3 innings in taking loss to Rays

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Chris Tillman to make two more starts before being shut down

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Sox bring 6 game lead over Rangers in Wild Card race to weekend series

Examiner Jay Trucker says Birds to visit San Diego, San Francisco next season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Dave Trembley thought Wade Davis’ complete game ‘tremendous accomplishment’

The AP says Michael Aubrey had two hits for Birds in loss to Rays

St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin says Joe Maddon allowed Davis to throw 124 pitches to finish shutout

Tampa Tribune’s Marc Lancaster says Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria had RBI singles for Tampa Bay in win

SI’s Ted Keith has Birds 27th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Brandon McKinney heaviest of Ravens group that includes most 300+ pounders in NFL

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Tavares Gooden, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed all expected to play Sunday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens know they have to get pressure on Phillip Rivers

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens know they’re facing ‘outstanding’ back in Sproles even if Tomlinson can’t play

The Official Site’s Patrick Gleason says Derrick Mason can become 23rd ever player to reach 800 catches with 6 Sunday in San Diego

The Official Site says Cam Cameron doesn’t think time spent in San Diego gives him advantage Sunday

Chargers Official Site’s Casey Pearce says LB’s Shawne Merriman, Shaun Phillips expect to see plenty of blockers left in on pass protection

Chargers Official Site says Bolts have until 4:15 EST today to sell remaining 1,100 tickets, avoid blackout

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Heap ‘relieved’ to be healthy again

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Suggs, Gooden practiced fully; Smith, Reed limited in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have history of struggling against Antonio Gates

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must dominate Chargers’ O-Line, keep secondary ‘in sync’, spread ball around to receivers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens could be hurt by Gates, losing field position battle, failing to ‘contain’ Merriman

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Fabian Washington knows Bolts will ‘take their shots’ downfield Sunday

The Sun remembers Ravens only ever win at Qualcomm Stadium in ‘03

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens to wear purple at M&T Bank Stadium for rest of home games except black against Bears

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Zbikowski missed practice Thursday (concussion)

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says “Lights Out” trying to move past injuries, Tila Tequila distraction

San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee says DC Ron Rivera wants pass rush to result in more sacks

SI’s Peter King picks Chargers 23-21 (Edit from GMC: Thanks NM.)

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to Suggs-McNeill matchup

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco picks Chargers 24-17

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says T-Sizzle will be ‘probable at worst’ for Sunday

ESPN.com’s John Clayton thinks Ravens-Chargers 5th best game of week

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Pinegar, Wujciak to carry flags tomorrow at Byrd Stadium

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Tony Logan ‘probable’ against Blue Raiders

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown’s defense yet to force turnover this season

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Terps trying to avenge last year’s trip to Murfreesboro

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner is ‘glue’ holding Terps together

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Chris Turner’s running now ‘regular feature’ in offense

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut picks Terps 33-24

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell picks Terps 33-30

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Kenny Tate, Anthony Wiseman likely to return punts vs. Raiders

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Stephon Heyer, Jared Gaither, Bruce Campbell only freshmen before Fulper to start this decade

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 31-30

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Yeatman would count against football scholarship limit if he played in ‘10

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Friedgen ran no-huddle in practice to prepare for MTSU’s offense

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps have allowed injured players to travel before (including Jaimie Thomas in ’07)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps will be better with Bruce Campbell, Jamari McCullough

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Raiders will have ‘confidence’ after win over Terps last year

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Nolan Carroll’s injury this year similar to Kevin Barnes’ injury last year (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Nolan Carroll to be at midfield for coin flip before MTSU game (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Birchenough thinks Terps will try to ‘pound the ball’ with Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Pitt Official Site says Greg Williams still ‘adjusting’ to LB role

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says punter Delahooke cementing legacy in Annapolis

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says DE Michael Walsh still battling back from surgery after nice game against Louisiana Tech

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo taking Wes Henderson on trip to Pitt along with brother Nick since family lives in area

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Navy was comfortable trying to come from behind against Ohio State thanks to rallies against Notre Dame, Tempe last year

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Zingler finally contributed during win over Bulldogs

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Marcus Curry making impact for Mids at Slotback position

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Mids trying to avenge last year’s loss to Pitt at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise
says Panthers OC Cignetti wants to go downfield more

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Ralph Paulk says Mids know ‘duty’ comes first

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says WR Cegles trying to answer detractors

HORSE RACING:

The Sun says Maryland Jockey Club unveiled logo for 2010 Preakness

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says former Milford Mill, Virginia Tech star Richard Johnson re-signed with AIFA team

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Kudos to Perry Hall for naming their track after Coach Jerry Martin last night. More kudos for a 14-9 win over Tuscarora.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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